• Protection and Safety

    Across the globe, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people live in fear for their physical safety. In countries that criminalize LGBTI sexuality, identity, or gender expression, governments may incarcerate LGBTI people in dangerous prisons. Several governments punish LGBTI people with torture and execution. LGBTI people are also vulnerable to abuse outside of government punishment. Many are forced to leave their homes. When they have to flee their countries, LGBTI people often find that there are few services available for refugees and asylum seekers, and those that exist may fail to serve LGBTI clients with respect and care.

ADDED ON: 05/23/2018

British Tabloids Using Rumors to Force Gay Athletes Out of the Closet

Over the last year British tabloids have stepped up their effort to force gay professional soccer players to come out. They’ve intensified the effort in the last couple of weeks with rampant…

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ADDED ON: 05/22/2018

Police in Moldova Use Tear Gas on Anti-LGBT Protesters Trying to Disrupt Pride March

Police in Moldova fired tear gas at anti-LGBT protesters to keep them away from a Pride march. LGBT activists feared a repeat of violent scenes at the annual Moldova Pride solidarity march,…

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ADDED ON: 05/20/2018

LGBT Students Face Heartbreaking Treatment at an Oregon High School

LGBTQ students at the rural North Bend High School school on the Oregon coast have been harassed, threatened, bullied, and assaulted just for being who they are. What is worse is that…

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ADDED ON: 05/20/2018

Pope to Gay Man: ‘God Made You Like This’

A gay victim of sexual abuse said he received a moving message of support from Pope Francis. Juan Carlos Cruz met with the leader of the Catholic Church last week, in order…

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ADDED ON: 05/18/2018

LGBTQ Immigrants Need Place Where They Feel Safe, Says Centre for Newcomers in Calgary

LGBTQ Calgarians and supporters gathered at the Centre for Newcomers on Thursday to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.  “We know that being LGBT is criminalized in at least 72 countries…

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ADDED ON: 05/18/2018

China’s LGBT Community Treads Cautiously Amid Intolerance

China's LGBT advocates cautiously organised awareness-raising events across the country to celebrate International Anti-Homophobia Day on Thursday amid concern of growing intolerance towards LGBT causes. One of the events was a 5.17…

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ADDED ON: 05/17/2018

Georgia: Both LGBTI and Right-wing Groups Cancel Their Demonstrations

“We have decided not to use our constitutional right to self-expression and not to hold a peaceful meeting on 17 May in order to prevent groups who intend to get into altercations…

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ADDED ON: 05/17/2018

String of Homophobic Attacks in Berlin’s Neukölln Worries LGBTI Community

In each of the previous four months people have been violently assaulted in Berlin’s Neukölln district because of their sexuality. The queer community is now trying to raise awareness of the issue.…

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ADDED ON: 05/17/2018

Intersex Rights Activists Challenge the Roots of Gender Oppression – and We Must Support Them

In 2017, Portugal became the third country to ban the human rights abuse of intersex genital mutilation (IGM), joining Malta and Chile. Germany became the first European country to allow a third…

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ADDED ON: 05/17/2018

Ukraine: Radical Groups Disrupt LGBTI Event

Members of radical nationalist groups violently disrupted a May 10, 2018 discussion in Kyiv about LGBTI rights, Human Rights Watch said today. Despite the intruders’ aggressive behavior and threats of violence, the…

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ADDED ON: 05/16/2018

Maryland Bans ‘gay conversion therapy’ for Minors

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed a bill into law on Tuesday to prohibit health professionals from practicing “gay conversion therapy” on minors, as a growing number of states and municipalities are banning…

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ADDED ON: 05/16/2018

Violent Far-Right Nationalists Attack LGBT Event in Kyiv, Police Fail to Intervene

Far-right nationalists have attacked an LGBT event in Kyiv, Ukraine. The meeting in the Ukrainian capital had been organised by human rights campaigners from Amnesty International, in order to bring together LGBT…

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